Varese 360
Commissioned by South Bank Centre London

Director / Filmmaker: Cathie Boyd
Designer / Filmmaker: Pippa Nissen
Lighting Designer: Zerlina Hughes
Performed by: London Sinfonietta
Date: April 2010

We made a series of films that were shown in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Festival Hall as part of the Varese 360 series of events at the Southbank Centre. Pippa collaborated with Cathie Boyd and Zerlina Hughes to create a light and film background to his music. The films became the textures and rhythms found in science and nature that Varese writes about and that his music describes. During Deserts and Poeme Electronique the whole auditorium became a projection surface as an accompaniment to Varese’s music. Five projectors onto thin screens that were suspended above the stage, and onto the walls of the auditorium.